February is the LGBTQ+ History Month, and you probably, or definitely didn’t even know about it! Now I may be a little late with this article coming out after February has already passed, but I still feel like this will bring you some more insight into why this History Month is so important to the community.
The History Month basically spreads basic and more complicated not as well-known knowledge about the LGBTQ+ community. It is a time when all of us can learn about issues in the LGBTQ+ community.
When a group of people is “othered” or condemned in society
it is vitally important to expose the contributions they made to the growth and development of that culture as well as in their own community because this can cause a disconnect in that “othering”.
Because people in mainstream society have to then acknowledge: we’re here, we’ve always been here! And even though these years of being ignored and discriminated against, we have been helping.
We have been producing beautiful things. We don’t actually go to a special class for LGBTQ+ stuff and get taught about it, and so the stuff that we have to find out about it, as people who identify as LGBTQ+, or anywhere on that spectrum, is through the internet, which can often be quite a hostile and difficult place.
Although we have been making strides in the general media
to be portraying LGBTQ+ people, both real-life people and fictional characters on TV shows, there’s still a long way to go. And so it becomes quite difficult to see yourself as an LGBTQ+ person being mapped out throughout history and being acknowledged throughout history, as having been contributing to life and to the country or the world that you live in.
The second thing the LGBTQ+ History Month does
is to make LGBTQ+ information more usual. The way this is works is by casually including information about LGBTQ+ people and communities within pre-existing lessons.
So young people become acclimatized to LGBTQ+ being something that isn’t unusual or “othered”. Because it is this “othering” that makes it so easy to abuse people, to see them as less than. If in schools there’s no mention of these people at all, it becomes very easy to see it as a taboo subject that you shouldn’t be speaking about.
It becomes very easy to dehumanize people if the authority figures in your life, teachers, and educators, are saying that they are something that is not to be talked about.
After you have “usualised” the people and history, you need to “actualize”, and this is when you do explain and examine and take more time to talk about the issues. To give them their own space and the space that they deserve. But because we’ve already gone through the process of “usualisation”, we’re able to study this without distractions.
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